Character rap project “Hypnosis Mic- Division Rap Battle-” to be animated with the title of “”‘Hypnosis Mic- Division Rap Battle-‘ Rhyme Anima”, broadcasting in 2020.
“Hypnosis Mic” started as the first original rap for voice actors handled by King Records since Sept. 2017. “Rap Battle Project”, or as known as “HipuMai”, consist of characters performed by 12 male voice actors.
Rap track maker from Japanese hip hop scene joined in the production of songs. As those unique characters, who are singing the song, had gathered supports mainly from the youngsters currently, various media mix developments such as the manga, application game, stage production, and others are being made..
TV animation “Hypnosis Mic- Division Rap Battle-“Rhyme Anima” the next update is scheduled on Mar. 2020. Check out at the official site or Twitter for more information.
Did you know that "Hypnosis Mic-Division Rap Battle-" is becoming a big boom now? The project started in Sept. 2017, and the 1st music video released on YouTube as a promotion of the beginning called "Hypnosis Mic-Division Rap Battle" ranked in 3rd in popular videos. Although it was unknown project at the time, it became a big topic.
Additionally, "Fling Posse VS Matenro", which was released in Jul. 8, 2018, ranked 1st in album ranking of Oricon, and 3rd in CD album ranking. Furthermore, the latest album just released called "Bad Ass Temple Funky Sounds" recorded on the first week a total number of sales of 9.9 million copies, and ranked in 1st in Oricon weekly ranking although it was its first appearance. It was great achievement done for the 2nd time in the series' history.
As these evidences show, the project is gathering attention not only in anime song industry, but also music industry itself, and it is the project that is most popular.
Also, the project is becoming a TV anime show in 2020. This article contains"things to look out" for "Hypnosis Mic" to the readers who think, "I think it's too late to ask about it!", "I see and hear about it, but I don' t know anything about it", or "I want to learn about it before watching anime!"
First of all, what is "Hypnosis Mic"?
It is directed by Kind Record, the business which creates many hit songs in several genres not limited to anisong and enka. This is first rap music CD project in the history of voice actors. It is titled as "rap battle project", which 18 male voice actors rap in characters, and often called "Hyp Mi".
The story is set in H era, where all violent actions have been eliminated, and women are in control of the world. Male residents lived in areas outside of Chu-o-ku, such as, "Ikebukuro Division", "Yokohama Division", "Shibuya Division", "Shinjuku Division", etc.
The struggle did not disappear from there, so people in Chu-o-ku used Hypnosis Mic, a special tool to interfere with peoples' minds, and set a rule that requires to decide the winners through rap battle called "Law H". The representative MC group from each division competes with rap battle, and the winner can take away the territory from the losers.
So far, each division released 1 CD (only Shinjuku has 2). Plus, 3 "VS" CDs, which each division competes (including the album introduced previously). In addition to those, there is a "The Dirty Dawg" CD, about the team in which the leaders from Ikebukuro, Yokohama, Shibuya, and Shinjuku were once in. One full album was released also. In CDs, in addition to rap music, an audio drama is recorded as well.
Unique characters that 18 male voice actors play
One big reason why "Hyp Mi" is so popular is because "the rap musics by the voice actors are in high quality". The participating 12 voice actors are Kimura Subaru, Ishiya Haruki, Amasaki Kouhei, Asanuma Shintarou, Kamio Shinichirou, Komada Wataru, Hayami Shou, Kijima Ryuuichi, Itou Kento, Shirai Yuusuke, Saitou Souma, Nozuyama Kouichi.
Additionally, the additional cast members for a new team announced in this September are Iwasaki Ryouta, Kasai Kengo, Kuroda Takaya, Hayama Shou,Sakakibara Yuuki, and Takeuchi Eiji. It has a total of 18 members.
What to look at is their ability to sing. The rap pieces of music have various types, such as singing, speaking, quickly talking, or screaming, but the voice actors adapt to what they are given, showing off their wonderful articulation, and taking in characters' uniqueness to the music.
The 2nd reason why it is so popular is those charming characters.
Let me first introduce "Buster Bros!!!" the representative team from "Ikebukuro Division".
As you can tell from their names, Yamada Ichirou, Yamada Jirou, and Yamda Saburou from "Buster Bros!!!" are brothers. The oldest Ichirou is leading the team, and all members have different eye colors for their each eye.
Next is "MAD TRIGGER CREW" from "Yokohama Division". Having a yakuza who is in charge of Yokohama area, Aohitsugi Samatoki, as a leader, a policeman Iruma Juuto, and a former marine Busujima Maison Riou are consisting the team.
Lastly comes "Fling Posse", the representative team from "Shibuya Division".
A fashion designer Amemura Ramuda is doing a leader for the team, with teammates of a write Yumeno Gentarou and a gambler Arisugawa Daisu.
"Matenrou" from "Shinjuku Division" is the winner of the competition held among the 4 division last spring.
The leader is a doctor called Jinguuji Jakurai, and the rest of the team is made of a host Izanami Hifumi, and a medical businessman Kanonzaka Doppo.
Furthermore, 2 new teams were added in this September, called "Osaka Division" and "Nagoya Division".
The representative team of "Osaka Division" is called "Dotsuitare Honpo", and made up of unusual members, including solo comedian, Nurude Sasara", as a leader, together with a teacher Tsutsujimori Roshou, and a con man called Amado Rei.
The representative team from "Nagoya Division" is called "Bad Ass Temple", and Harai Kuukou, a monk, is a leader. The unique members are Aimono Juushi, a member of visual style band, and Amaguni Hitoya, a lawyer.
It is full of "Relationship Moe"! The complicated backgrounds of the members are unveiled...
After listening to drama part recorded in each division's CDs, not only learning why the members created the teams, but also "complicated relationships" among the different teams are revealed in the album.
Yamada Ichirou from Ikebukuro Division and Aohitsugi Samatoki from Yokohama Division, and Amemura Ramuda from Shibuya Division and Jinguuji Jakurai from Shinjuku Division do not get along well, but they once formed a team called "The Dirty Dawg".
Why the team broke up, although it was known to be a "legendary team"?
The reason has not been released completely, but the lines with hints are hidden in multiple sections of drama tracks. The complicated relationships will be unveiled as the project progresses, and thinking about possible reason is another way to enjoy.
Also, Yamada Ichiro, Harai Kuukou from Nagoya Division, Aohitsugi Samatoki, and Nurude Sasara from Osaka Division were in the same team in the past. "Hyp Mi" also have comic version, and the reason for the break-up is hidden in the comics.
The authority of HIP HOP and popular rappers participate! Music is too cool!
"Hyp Mi" has another appeal that we cannot forget. That is the fact that the authorities of HIP HOP and poplar rappers compose and write the songs.
Surprisingly, Zeebra, who was always in the first line of Japanese HIP HOP industry, provided music to "Hyp Mi".
The song was a gift for "Matenrou", who won the tournament, and it became even more fantastic with popular participants of KOHH and ANARCHY.
"Ore ga Ichirou" (I am Ichiro) by Yamada Ichirou is written by the singer himself, Kimura (also known as Kourabin Tarou), and composed by "Gesshoku Kaigi", the team made up of Endou from a punk music band GEEKS, Kusunose Takuya, the former member of Hysteric Blue, Iwata Acchu, the former member of NIRGILIS, and other musicians.
Additionally, "Gesshoku Kaigi" also composes "Sensen Hukoku" a song sung by Yamada Jirou and "Champagne Gold" by Izanami Hifumi.
The lyrics for "Champagne Gold" is written by Fujimori Shingo, a comedian of the tag team called Oriental Radio, and a man known to be "flirting comedian".
"Sougyaran BAM", the song which Harai Kuukou sing, and which was provided by Diggy-MO from SOUL'd OUT provided became a big topic recently.
The fact that Diggy-MO provides music caused SNS active, and there was a comment worrying, "can the singer recreate complicated and unique lyrics of Diggy-MO..?" Once the trailer was released, there were several comments praising the music by saying, "Why is it so wonderful!?", "He sings it perfectly!", and "Harai Kuukou is now my favorite".
Not only in anime and music industry! 2.5 dimension stage is also sensational.
As I mentioned before, "Hyp Mi" is becoming TV anime.
Not only the project is making sensation in anime and music industry, but also the live action stage (2.5 dimension) was held from Nov. 15, 2019 to Dec. 1.
The stage "Hypnosis Mic-Division Rap Battle-" caused a great sensation when it was released.
Of course it is. Yamada Ichiro from "Ikebukuro Division" was played by Takano Akira, who has appeared in stages such as, "Touken Ranbu" and "Star Musical" and has a great popularity in the 2.5 dimension. Furthermore, Abe Aran from Johnny's played Aohitsugi Samatoki from "MAD TRIGGER CREW" in Yokohama Division and other sensational cast members were nominated.
In addition to them, Matsuda Shouta played Yamada Jirou, Akishima Ryuuto played Yamada Saburou, Mizue Kenta played Iruma Juuto, and Barns Yuuto played Busujima Maison Riou. The cast members for an original team, "North Bastard" from Akabane Division, were Kishimoto Yuuto played Douan Wasei, Nanbu Kaito played Kyukuri Keizan, and Matsuura Tsukasa played Hebiana Takeharu.
These cast members performed high quality rap music not inferior to the voice actors.
In 2020, "Hypnosis Mic-Division Rap Battle" Rule the Stage -track.2- will be performed. As the new cast members for "Fling Posse" from Shibuya Division, Sekoguchi Ryou is playing Amemura Ramura, Maeyama Takahisa is playing Yumeno Gentarou, and Takizawa Ryou is playing Arisugawa Teito. The cast members for "Matenrou" from Shinjuku Division are Ayukawa Taiyou for Jinguuji Jakurai, Araki Hirofumi for Izanami Hifumi, and Miyagi Koudai is playing Kannonzaka Doppo. The cast members sensational in 2.5 dimension are appearing.
Not only in anime and music industry! 2.5 dimension stage is also sensational.
I explained for long by this point, but I want you guys to listen to this song.
I believe now you are also interested in other songs.
Each Division CD recorded 3 rap musics for each 3 characters. The songs are full of uniqueness of each character, so I recommend you to start listening from the song of your favorite character. You will find yourself to be listening to all songs without realizing, and you will be fascinated by "Hyp Mi"'s world.
"Hyp Mi" is so sensational right now, together with TV anime.
The biggest live event in Hypnosis Mic's history will be held in Met Life Dorm in Mar. 28, 2020 and Mar. 29, 2020. All cast members from all 6 divisions, including new Osaka and Nagoya Divisions, will gather in one place, and it will be successful for sure.
If you got interested in "Hyp Mi", why don' t you go to the live event? PEACE!
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The character rap project "Hypnosis Mic-Division Rap Battle-"'s second play "Rule the Stage-track.2-" has released information about the main cast members. Sekoguchi Ryou is playing Amemura Ramuda, and Ayukawa Taiyou is playing Jinguuji Jakurai.
From franchise 『Hypnosis Mic』, the Osaka Division, Dotsuitare Hompo, will release their new CD on October 30th (Wednesday), which will include their title song, and publish the short version of their music video.sneak peek of Osaka Division - Dotsuitare Hompo's new CD which will be released on October 30 (Wed) including song titles and short ver. music video is published. The team's song title is 「Osaka dreamin' night」.
The sci-fi comic series "Mech Cadet Yu" by Greg Pak and Miyazawa Takeshi will be adapted intoto an anime by Polygon Pictures, well known for works like "Knights of Sidonia" and "Ajin". It is scheduled to be released exclusively on Netflix under the title "MECH CADETS" in 2023.
The anime "MECH CADETS" is set on Earth after an attack by an alien species. Stanford Yu, a boy who works at a military academy, becomes the pilot of a giant robot and fights against the alien species along with his friends.
With full cooperation from Boom! Studios, the publisher of "Mech Cadet Yu", Polygon Pictures will be producing the animation. And the scriptwriter/executive producer will be Aaron Lam from "Spartacus: Gods of the Arena" and "Ash vs Evil Dead".
"MECH CADETS" is scheduled to be released exclusively on Netflix in 2023.
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"Polygon Picture" Executive Producer Jack Liang
We believe it is important for us as a studio based in Tokyo to have a diverse team working together to create a story that embodies Japanese art. Based on our mission to "deliver unprecedented work in exceptional quality", we are truly grateful to be able to work along with talented staff, such as general director Awa Patrick Tohru and scriptwriter/executive producer Aaron Lam, and adapt the amazing story of "Mech Cadet Yu", created by Greg Pak, Miyazawa Takeshi, and Boom! Studios, into an anime. We're also honored to be working with Netflix, who made it possible for us to bring this story to life. I hope that this show will inspire future storytellers around the world.
The TV anime "The Great Jahy Will Not Be Defeated!" was announced to start on July 31. The show will be broadcast in ABC TV's anime slot "ANiMAZiNG!!!" for 2 cours. Information about cast members including Oozoara Naomi and Kayano Ai was also released.
"The Great Jahy Will Not Be Defeated!" is originally a manga by Konbu Wakame serialized in "Monthly Gangan Joker".
Jahy was the second-in-command of the Demon Realm and was looked up to by everyone in the Demon Realm. One day, she was raided by a magical girl and was blown off to the human world. With her mystic gem, which was the source of her magical power, destroyed, her power and beauty have all gone away. Now she's become a tiny and cute girl living a poor life in a small room with no bath. The cute "Demon Realm Revival Comedy" will surely put tears in your eyes.
A key visual drawn by character designer/general art director Nakajiki Saori has been released. The visual depicts the cute and cheerful life of Jahy and the unique characters surrounding her.
Information about the cast members was also released. Oozora Naomi as Jahy, Kayano Ai as the Store Manager, Hikasa Youko as the Landlord, Hanazawa Kana as Druj, Komatsu Mikako as Salwa, Uesaka Sumire as the Magical Girl, and Ogura Yui as Kokoro.
The TV anime "The Great Jahy Will Not Be Defeated!", will be broadcast in the "ANiMAZiNG!!" slot of ABC TV and other TV Asahi related channels (24 channels) from Saturday, July 31, 2021.
(C) Wakame Konbu / SQUARE ENIX
(C) Konbu Wakame / SQUARE ENIX, "The Great Jahy Will Not Be Defeated!" Production Committee
“Komi can’t communicate," will be adapted into an anime in October 2021. Koga Aoi will play the role of Komi Shouko, Kajiwara Gakuto will play the role of Tadano Hitohito, and Murakawa Rie will play the role of Osana Najimi.
The original story of "Komi can’t communicate" is a "communicative disease" comedy serialized in "Weekly Shonen Sunday" by Oda Tomohito, which has sold over 5 million copies in total.
The story is about a first year high school student, Komi Shouko, who is a beautiful girl who everyone looks up to, but her face freezes up when she tries to talk to other people because of her extreme communicable disease, and she struggles to achieve her goal of “making 100 friends”.
Along with the decision to make an anime adaptation, a teaser visual, a teaser PV, and information on the main cast and staff have been released.
Koga Aoi will be playing the role of Komi Shouko, Kajiwara Gakuto will be playing the role of Tadano Hitohito, and Murakawa Rie will be playing the role of Osana Najimi, Ayumi Watanabe of "Koi wa Ameagari no Yoni" will be the general director, Issei Kawagoe of "Bungo to Alchemist: Gears of Judgement" will be the director, and the series composition will be Akao Deko of "I shaved. And then I brought a high school girl home."; character design by Nakajima Atsuko of "Tokyo Ghoul: re"; and animation production by O.L.M.
"Komi can’t communicate” will start airing on TV Tokyo and other stations in October 2021.
In addition, a campaign is currently underway on the official Twitter page, where three winners will be chosen by lottery to receive a reproduction of the congratulatory illustration by the original author, Oda Tomohito.
Komi Shouko (CV. Koga Aoi)
Komi can’t communicate.
She looks like a beautiful girl that everyone turns to, but she finds it extremely difficult to communicate and when she tries to talk to others, her face freezes up with nervousness and she thinks about how to talk to them and what to do afterwards. But the truth is, she wants to talk to people. Her dream is to “make 100 friends”.
Q1: What was your impression of this work?
First of all, when I picked up the book, I saw the title and the cover picture and thought, "Oh, there's something about this girl." The cover alone had an impact that piqued my interest.
The title, ""Komi can’t communicate," I thought it was interesting that there was a catchphrase which made it easy to understand what kind of girl the character was. I could relate to the realism of the situations that many of us experienced during our school days, and I found myself reading on and on.
There are a lot of characters with strong "personalities" in this work, the parts that I tend to think negatively about, or that I don't want people to see or know about, are portrayed as positive.
I thought it was a work that made me think, "Maybe I can accept this kind of me..." and gave me the courage to push those who are troubled.
Q2: What is your impression of the character you play and how enthusiastic are you about the role?
From the side, she is a cool, beautiful woman who everyone admires. However, in reality, she is not very good at communicating, and when people talk to her, she scares them even though she never meant to. She was confused, and even though she really wanted to get along with them, she couldn't get the words out. The more I got to know her, the more I felt that way, and the more I fell in love with her. (laughs)
I will do my best to portray her moving forward slowly but firmly, step by step, and to convey her thoughts and warmth in a few words.
Tadano Hitohito (CV. Kajiwara Gakuto)
Tadano-kun is just a person.
His goal is to read the atmosphere around him so that his "normal" self doesn't stand out in the class, and to live his high school life without any disturbance. However, he seems to be very good at understanding people's feelings, and sees that Komi can’t communicate, so he becomes her "first friend.
Q1: What is your impression of this film?
Komi is really adorable... as I read the original story I'm always struck by how she gradually expresses her emotions even though she's clumsy! In addition to Komi, all the other characters have distinct personalities, which reminds me of my own high school days, and I can't help but fantasize about how happy my student life would be if I had such friends around me... (laughs) I especially like seeing them at seasonal school events, festivals, and other events, and I can't help but cry as I read them, thinking about my school days that I can't go back to...! And personally, the covers are always too beautiful! I'm so impressed! Thank you so much, Oda-sensei!
Q2: What is your impression of the character you are going to play and what is your enthusiasm for the role?
I think that Hitohito is a boy who has the goodness of being normal! He was a little naughty in junior high school, but once he sees it objectively, he becomes normal. It reminds me of my own school days. (laughs) I actually once tried to be a little naughty, but then I realized how naughty I was and went back to normal, so I felt sympathy for him while reading! But I'm very communicative myself, so I admire people who treat me like a normal person like Hitohito-kun.
Every time I read it, I fall in love with it, so I'll do my best to play it charmingly!
Osana Najimi (CV. Murakawa Rie)
Osana Najimi is familiar.
She is Tadano-kun's childhood friend. Or rather, she is a childhood friend to everyone. Her communication skills are so high that she can get along with anyone in a matter of minutes, but she seems to have a hard time with Komi because of their "past relationship". She usually wears a skirt and dresses as a "female student," but she used to wear a school run and dress as a "male student" until middle school. Her gender is no longer known.
Q1: What is your impression of this work?
As I was cackling and laughing at the funny gags, I felt that one of the appealing aspects of the film was that it depicted human relationships in such a way that tears of laughter turned into tears of emotion, and that these human relationships were carefully drawn. I think we all want to watch Komi achieve her dreams, but I also think there is a real pleasure in watching her grow up.
Q2: What is your impression of the character you are going to play and what is your enthusiasm for the role?
I will be playing the role of Osana Najimi, a strong character with special abilities who has a mysterious side but also possesses tremendous communication skills. Although she is such a strong character, she fits in so well with everyone that she is everyone's childhood friend, so I hope I can bring out the best of her. I haven't recorded yet, so I don't know how it will turn out, but I'm very happy to be involved in "Komi can’t communicate.” I'll do my best so that everyone can enjoy it!
(C) Oda Tomohito, Shogakukan/Itan Private High School
Hayama Shota, a voice actor who plays Harai Kuko, who belongs to Nagoya Division's "Bad Ass Temple" of "Hypnosis Mic- Division Rap Battle-", and Hirono Ryota, an actor who plays Harai Kuko at '"Hypnosis Mic- Division Rap Battle" Rule the Stage', appeared at 'IVISION LEADER’S CROSS TALK', which was streamed on 'ABEMA PPV ONLINE LIVE' from May 26, 2021. This was the "HypMic"'s first talk session where a voice actor and an actor, who play the characters in charge of division , had a crosstalk and various sessions.
This program "DIVISION LEADER’S CROSS TALK 【Hayama Shota X Hirono Ryota】" began with their greeting, "Hi, we are glad to see you!"
They looked nervous at the opening. However, after Hayama mentioned Hirono's first impression, saying "I had a face-to-face conversation with him, and I thought he was so cute", Hirono replied to it, saying "I am just like my Hotoke-sama (usually means Buddha)". In contrast with the tension, they are likely to be in sync.
After the opening, the session, where they talk about the stage, begins. They talk about Harai Kuko from their point of view, as a voice actor and an actor.
Hayama-san, who says that he saw the stage, praises Hirono's act, saying "I could understand how Kuko was living his life without any trouble". Hirono looks back on Hayama's live-performance, saying "(Kuko played by Hayama was) Too amazing. I was shocked".
Seeing their complementing each other while blushing, the fans left comments such as "How cute...!" and "Wonderful!"
Next comes "Questionnaire Question", where they ask each other some questions, and they discuss the playing from their point of view.
They had a lively conversation about how they think about the character Kuko, what they keep in mind to play the character, and some influence Kuko brought in their daily life.
Speaking of "some influence Kuko brought in their daily life", Hayama said "My language got worse", and Hirono "I became to call myself 'Sesso'". They have something in common since their personalities were likely to be taken over by Koku.
Moreover, both of them express their love to Kuko in the sessions such as "teach and learn each other's opinion and the way of playing to go higher as Harai Kuko", and a quiz session where they fight with their pride for "playing Kuko".
While sad comments such as "We are lacking time!" and "I don't want you to end!" were being received, but the cross talk ended all too soon.
In the end, Hayama commented "I didn't even expect that I could have such a precious occasion", and Hayama commented "I didn't anticipate such a chance to share our sense of values each other. I really appreciate that", looking back on the first cross talk.
"DIVISION LEADER’S CROSS TALK 【Hayama Shota X Hirono Ryota】" is currently available on "ABEMA PPV ONLINE LIVE". Please visit the streaming page for more detailed information.
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The voice actors and actors playing the team leaders in “Hypnosis Mic” collaborated for the first time at the cross-talk event called “DIVISION LEADER’S CROSS TALK”, and all episodes will be streamed exclusively at “ABEMA PPFV ONLINE LIVE”.
“DIVISION LEADER’S CROSS TALK” is a part of “HYPNOSISMIC on ABEMA”, which is the collaboration project of “ABEMA” and “HYPNOSIS MIC”. The show will deliver a conversation between Hayama Shouta and Shikano Ryoudai (both playing Harai Kuko) on May 26 and the talk session between Kimura Subaru and Kouno Hikaru (both playing Yamada Ichirou) on May 29.
On the day of the event, you can enjoy the "experience" of the event through the "comment function" of ABEMA, which allows you to watch the program on-time.
This live stream will be sold for 1,340 ABEMA Coin (approximately 1,600 JPY), which is 20% off the original price due to “ABEMA PPV ONLINE LIVE” becoming the first online live event to be recognized part of theas “Go To Event Campaign”. Those who missed the live stream also can watch the archive until the following dates:
May 26 Show: June 2 at 11:59 PM
May 29 Show: June 5 at 11:59 PM
“DIVISION LEADER’S CROSS TALK” of “ABEMA PPV ONLINE” will stream the Harai Kuko’s episode (Hayama Shouta and Shikano Ryoudai) on May 26 at 7:00 PM and the Yamada Ichirou’s episode (Kimura Subaru and Kouno Hikaru) from May 29 at 7:00 PM.
More projects will be held at “HYPNOSISMIC ABEMA”.
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“Hypnosis Mic-Division Rap Battle-“ Rule the Stage Production Committee
The "Hypnosis Mic" special program, "Hypnosis Mic: Division Rap Battle 《2nd D.R.B.》 Final Battle Advancement Result Announcement" was broadcast exclusively on "ABEMA" on May 15. It was such a big hit that "#ヒプマイ結果発表SP" trended No.1 in both Japan and the world in the first four minutes.
"Hypnosis Mic: Division Rap Battle 《2nd D.R.B》" is a music original character rap project in which the winner is chosen through a three-round voting process: LIVE voting (1st voting), CD voting (2nd voting), and VR BATLLE voting (3rd voting).
The leaders of the 6 divisions appeared in the announcement: Kimura Subaru as Yamada Ichirou from Ikebukuro Division "Buster Bros!!!", Asanuma Shintarou as Aohitsugi Samatoki from Yokohama Division "MAD TRIGGER CREW", Shirai Yuusuke as Amemura Ramuda from Shibuya Division "Fling Posse", Hayami Shou as Jinguuji Jakurai from Shinjuku Division "Matenrou", Iwasaki Ryouta as Nurude Sasara from Osaka Division "Dotsuitare Honpo", and Hayama Shouta as Harai Kuukou from Nagoya Division "Bad Ass Temple". They watched the final results for the Final Battle being announced after the VR BATTEL voting (3rd voting).
The leaders became tense when the results began to be announced by the surprise guests: Kobayashi Yuu as Touhouten Otome, Takahashi Chiaki as Kadenokouji Ichijiku, and Yamamoto Nozomi as Aohitsugi Nemu from "Chuuouku Kotonohatou".
The results were:
For Osaka Division "Dotsuitare Honpo" vs Ikebukuro Division "Buster Bros!!", 134,544 to 158,191
For Nagoya Division "Bad Ass Temple" vs Shinjuku Division "Materou", 144,411 to 158,861
And for Shibuya Division "Fling Posse" vs Yokohama Division "MAD TRIGGER CREW", 181,668 to 167,264
The teams to advance to the "Final Battle" are "Buster Bors!!", "Matenrou", and "Fling Posse".
Each of the leaders made a comment for the fans about the results.
Iwasaki "First of all, I want to thank you all for voting in the VR voting. The results showed how close the battle was. We lost this time, but this means we can only move up from here! Please look forward to the future Osaka! And congratulations Ikebukuro!"
Kimura "I'm so happy. We three brothers really wanted this win, so I'm glad we won. I have great respect for Osaka, who we fought against, and am grateful that we were able to win. We will keep doing our best so that you can be proud of voting for Ikebukuro and supporting us. Thank you for your continued support!"
Hayama "To be honest, the strongest feeling I have is that I had a lot of fun, so I think we were truly able to have a great battle with Shinjuku without any regrets. We lost the battle but the three of us from "Bad Ass Temple" will continue to grow, and one day, we'll battle against the champ. We appreciate your continued support. Congratulations 'Matenrou'!"
Hayami "Of course I'm happy, but at the same time, I feel a lot of pressure. I want to take on Nagoya's hopes along with us to the next stage, and the three of us will unite to pull off a great performance. Thank you for your support."
Shirai "I didn't think the last vote would also be such a close call. We really gave it our all, so I'm satisfied with the results that show how far we've come. I'm so glad that I'm out of words. Going against Yokohama brought out a great performance and got us this result. We will take revenge once again in the next stage with Yokohama's hopes on our shoulders. Thank you for voting for us!"
Asanuma "I really want to thank you for voting for Yokohama. I'm sorry we couldn't come up to your expectations. And I also want to apologize to Koma-chan (Komada Wataru as Iruma Juuto) and Kamio-san (Kamio Shinichirou as Busujima Mason Riou), who fought along with me. But I'm really happy that so many people were moved by Hypnosis Mic. At the first DRB, (Kimura) Subaru said, 'Hip hop is a lifestyle, so take all your happiness and sadness with you and enjoy it because that's what hip hop is all about.' We will once again take his words all in. Yokohama makes the best of our loss! We will keep on doing our best. Thank you once again, and congratulations, Shibuya Posse!"
The leaders of the three winning teams also shouted out to their team members about their victory.
Kimura "Jirou, Saburou, we did it! I love you guys so much. Let's keep on fighting together. Let's treat ourselves for dinner!"
Hayami "Kijima-kun (Kijima Ryuuichi as Izanami Hifumi), Itou-kun (Itou Kento as Kannonzaka Doppo), we've won. Let's keep on devoting ourselves and fight fair and square in the next step! Thanks for your support!"
Shirai "Souma (Saitou Souma as Yumeno Gentarou), Nozu (Nozuyama Yukihiro as Arisugawa Daisu), I truly believe that you two brought us together and led us to this victory. But I want to go even further, so keep it up! Let's do our best in the next round too, thanks!"
The announcement brought upon various emotions and the viewers posted comments of both joy and sorrow like, "My legs are trembling," "Such a bummer...", and "Both teams did their best!"
At the end of the show, it was announced that "Hypnosis Mic: Division Rap Battle 7th LIVE 《SUMMIT OF DIVISION》" will be held for two days from August 7 to August 8, 2021, and the voting process of the Final Battle of the three teams, "Buster Bros!!!", "Matenrou", and "Fling Posse", was explained.
Let's look forward to seeing which division will rise to the top.
"Hypnosis Mic: Division Rap Battle 《2nd D.R.B.》 Final Battle Advancement Result Announcement" is currently streamed on "ABEMA".
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The original regular program, "Hypnosis Mic Division Study Guide" from the collaboration project, called "HYPNOSISMIC on ABEMA" between "ABEMA" and "Hypnosis Mic: Division Rap Battle" will start exclusively on July 2, 2021, on "ABEMA".
"Hypnosis Mic Division Study Guide" is a regular program of "ABEMA" that will consist of 6 broadcasts. This program is being held in preparation to the revenge concert of the 5th live, which will feature all 18 cast members from the 6 divisions that will be held on August 7 and August 8, 2021, and it will have a detailed explanation by the character's voice actor about the members of each "Hypnosis Mic" division and their relationship.
There will also be various projects that can be enjoyed by beginners to "Hypnosis Mic" and for the fans to once again realize their charms. So, this will become the complete guidebook for "Hypnosis Mic".
During the first broadcast on July 2, at 9:00 PM, it will feature the members of Ikebukuro division, "Buster Bro", which are Kimura Subaru (voice of Yamada Ichirou), Ishiya Haruki (voice of Yamada Jirou), and Amasaki Kohei (voice of Yamada Saburo), and they will talk about the charms of "Hypnosis Mic" without holding anything back.
"Hypnosis Mic Division Study Guide" will start exclusively at 9:00 PM, on July 2, 2021, on "ABEMA".
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"Mr. Fesmatsu '21", a special event to commemorate the release of Blu-ray＆DVD of the TV anime "Mr. Osomatsu" season 3, was held at Nakano Sunplaza, Tokyo, on June 6, 2021. In the event, new anime series and theatrical film were announced.
"Mr. Fesmatsu '21" was the 3rd event, following "Mr. Fesmatsu '16" to commemorate "Mr. Osomatsu" Season 1, and "Mr. Fesmatsu '18" to commemorate Season 2. Same as the last time, event composition and screenplay were handled by Matsubara Shu, who is in charge of series composition for the main series, and Yamamoto Kazutomi, who played the role of "Omusubi", a set of identical robot twins that started showing up in Season 3, appeared for the first time, as well as the sextuplets. A total of 13 cast members gathered together.
The event started with the opening remarks by Governor Jushimatsu, Played by Ono Daisuke, who appeared in "Tidbits Collection 3", episode 7 of Season 3. The audience was cracked up by cryptic remarks just like in the episode, and straight reactions by Sakurai Takahiro as MC. After the opening, a total of 13 cast members finally appeared, including Sakurai Takahiro, who played the role of Osomatsu. As the audience was not allowed to speak out loud, they welcomed them with glow sticks and applause.
The event consists of a lot of programs, including "Furikaeri-matsu", a talk session to look back on Season 3, "Shin Kobore Banashi-shu (New Tidbits Collection)", reading of a work newly written by Matsubara Shu, a dance show by the sextuplets in costumes, and "Kasege! Mutsugo Derby (Let's make money! Sextuplets Derby)", a mini gamble game inspired by "Casino", which is featured in the event visual. In "Furikaeri-matsu", each cast talked about a memorable episode of Season 3. Funny behind-the-scenes stories were revealed by them.
At the end of the daytime section, commemorating that this year hits the 6th anniversary, it has been announced that "Mr. Osomatsu" new anime series will be produced, and that two theatrical films will be shown in 2022 and 2023 for a limited period. The atmosphere reached the climax to hear the wonderful news.
Sakurai Takahiro, who plays the role of Osomatsu, the oldest of sextuplets, left some comments for the theatrical films: "I would say thank you to everyone for supporting us to hold such a wonderful event. As I wanted to make a hopeful announcement for the fans that came all the way to this event, so I did it! We have just made an announcement, so we have no other choice but to act on our words, so please look forward to a great scenario!"
At the ending, all the cast and sextuplets in costumes made a pose "Sheeh!", and came to an end in warm applause.
(C)Akatsuka Fujio / Mr. Osomatsu Production Committee
The second season of the TV anime "By the Grace of the Gods", which was broadcast from October 2020, is now in production. To commemorate this, a congratulatory illustration from character designer Deguchi Kaho has arrived.
In this work, Takebayashi Ryoma, a 39-year-old single salaryman working as a system engineer at a black company, meets a tragic end in his apartment alone. Ryoma is summoned to heaven, but the God of Creation, Goddess of Love, and God of Life ask for his cooperation, and he is reincarnated in another world as a child. Surrounded by kind people, Ryoma's days are filled with fun, and a fantasy of a slow life in a different world is depicted.
At the end of the first season, Eliaria, played by Kuwahara Yuuki, went to school in the royal capital and said goodbye to Ryoma, played by Tadokoro Azusa, promising to meet him again in three years. What kind of slow life will Ryoma lead with the slimes in the second season, and how will the slow life in another world continue to attract attention?
More information about the second season of the TV anime "By the Grace of the Gods" will be announced at a later date.
(C) Roy, Hobby Japan / "By the Grace of the Gods" Production Committee
The latest animation of "Pokemon", "Yume no Tsubomi" has been released on the YouTube channel of "Pokemon Kids TV". The director is Yamashita Shingo, continuing his role from "Pokemon: Twilight Wings" and the animation is by Studio Colorido.
This work is released as the 3rd "Poketoon" series on Pokémon official YouTube channel, "Pokemon Kids TV". It is depicted from the view of the parents and child before the start of the journey as a Pokémon trainer.
The animation is handled by Studio Colorido, which had handled "Penguin Highway", and "A Whisker Away" while the director is Yamashita Shingo, who had handled the anime "Pokemon: Twilight Wings" that takes place in the same setting as "Pokemon Sword and Shield". The comments from Yamashita have been released.
The latest animation of "Pokemon", "Yume no Tsubomi” is currently available on the YouTube channel of "Pokemon Kids TV".
Comments from the general director Yamashita Shingo
I will be handling the animation series of Pokémon after the "Pokemon: Twilight Wings" series. Regardless of the work, I'm trying my best in directing each episode so that the thoughts of "I want to watch more of this world setting and characters!" will appear. Please look forward to this work.
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A new anime "Given: Uragawa no Sonzai", which depicts the story of Mafuyu and Ritsuka behind the scenes in "Given" (movie), has been announced along with a live-action drama adaptation.
"Given" is a BL manga by Kizu Natsuki serialized in Shinshokan's "Chéri+" since the 2013 Spring Issue. Centering on the four members of a rock band, the popular series depicts their love lives and their growth. It was initially broadcast in Fuji TV's "Noitamina" slot from July to September 2019, and "Given" (film) was released in August 2020.
The new anime "Given: Uragawa no Sonzai" depicts the high school student members Mafuyu and Ritsuka facing their own problems and supporting each other, behind the conflicts between Haruki, Akihiko, and Ugetsu.
The key visual featuring the two of them playing music on the school's stairs with a gentle light cast on them symbolizes the relationship between them.
It was also announced that a live-action drama will be created for the video streaming service FOD. Uenoyama Ritsuka will be played by Suzuki Jin, Satou Mafuyu by Sanari, Kaji Akihiko by Inowaki Kai, and Nakayama Haruki by Yanagi Shuntarou. The show is scheduled to be released on FOD at 12:00 a.m. on July 17 (JST).
The new anime "Given: Uragawa no Sonzai" will be included in the bonus DVD of the limited edition of the"Given" manga vol. 7, which will be released on December 1, 2021.
(C) Kizu Natsuki, Shinshokan / Given Production Committee
(C) Kizu Natsuki, Shinshokan / Fuji Television
The 2nd PV for TV anime Ahiru no Sora has been released and features the passionate plays of a freakishly tall basketball club member. Broadcasting information was released at the same time. The series will be aired on TV Tokyo’s channel 6 starting on October 2nd.
「BanG Dream! Girls Band Party!」 and its 4th tie-up with Lawson as of September the 3rd, has been revealed. The campaign is to give out a limited quantity of originals goods which will be sold on a first-come-first-serve basis
From TV anime "JoJo's Bizarre Adventure: Golden Wind" comes blazers and pants (slacks) which can be worn together as business suits inspired by Giorno Giovanna and Bruno Bucciarati. Pre-orders are available at "Premium Bandai" until Dec. 26, 2019.
“Mushoku Tensei: Jobless Reincarnation”, which had been announced to be animated, was decided to be broadcast as TV anime in 2020. In addition, the first visual depicting the four main characters and a PV by the new animation production company “Studio Bind” established for this work were released.